Myrtle Helena Desireau

Myrtle Helena Desireau

born June 11, 1946 died suddenly following a short illness on January 4, 2016. She was 69.

Myrtle is survived by daughter Christina Desireau (Trail), sisters Marilyn Lee (Ft. Simpson, NT), Susan Clarkston (Trail) and Lorri Prime (Vancouver), sister-in-law Marilyn Smith (Genelle) and their families.

She is predeceased by her grandmother Myrtle C. Desireau (1996), parents Helen (1998) and Sid (2004) Desireau, brother Alsid (Poose) Desireau (2011) and nephew Cale Clarkston (1985).

She will be dearly missed by her nieces Debbie, Kerra, Tasha, grand-nephew Charles, grand-niece Megan and close friend Heather McKay along with countless other friends and family who felt fortunate to know her.

Myrtle was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Br. 11 for 37 years. She served 20 enjoyable years in Girl Guides as Brown Owl and Commissioner. Her favourite memories of Guiding were of her canoe trip down the Arrow Lakes and sitting by the wood stove in the old camp kitchen at Camp Rory.

One of her favourite past times was cooking and she loved collecting recipes and cookbooks. She was a very talented writer and her friends will miss receiving her e-mails, letters and cards. Myrtle enjoyed travelling and took memorable trips with family and friends to Mexico, Ontario, Reno, the Northwest Territories and Savannah, Georgia.

Myrtle was an avid animal lover and had many pets throughout her life. She was predeceased by her beloved cat Furball (2014) and is survived by her cat Stump.

Myrtle moved to Vancouver in the mid-90s but recently moved back to Trail and was enjoying renewing old friendships and meeting new people at Silver City Gardens.

There will be no service by request. A drop-in open house will be held at Silver City Gardens, 1939 Columbia Avenue, Apt. 200 on Saturday, January 16th from 1:00-4:00pm.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Myrtle’s memory may be made to the SPCA or the Canadian Cancer Society.

Myrtle touched the lives of people wherever she went. She leaves a large circle of friends here and abroad.

“Make new friends but keep the old,

one is silver and the other gold.

A circle is round it has no end

that’s how long I want to be your friend”.


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